Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.

Red white and blue Fourth of July rice krispie treats are a classic no-bake dessert that are so fun to eat! When I need to keep my kitchen cool I also love whipping up

Butterscotch cornflake cookies or No bake strawberry shortcake. 

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats on a white plate

Red White and Blue Rice treats

Whenever I need to make a last-minute treat, I always opt for Rice Krispie Treats, because A) I always have the ingredients on hand and B) They are SO easy and yummy!!

With summer months and patriotic holidays upon us, I wanted to give you a quick, easy, and festive treat to take to all the BBQ’s, parties, and get togethers!

I used some red and blue food coloring to create these patriotic layers, and I love how these Fourth of July rice krispie treats turned out! It was only a tiny bit of additional effort, but it was so worth the extra few minutes. For how simple they are to make, they look pretty impressive! And you really can’t go wrong with rice krispies. 

Process shots of layering blue, white, and red rice krispie mixtures in a glass pan

Making 4th of July Rice Krispies

PREP. Separating your cereal and marshmallows into three (2 cups of rice krispies, and about 2 cups of marshmallows). You’re going to make one layer at a time.

MARSHMALLOWS. Put the marshmallows in microwave safe bowls, and add 1 Tbsp margarine to each. Microwave one at a time for a few minutes until the marshmallows start to expand. Make sure they don’t overflow!

DYE. In one bowl, mix in blue food coloring, and mix red in another (food coloring gel will be more vibrant). Add 2 cups of rice krispies to each bowl and stir with a rubber spatula until all the cereal is well coated.

ASSEMBLE. Layer the cereal in a glass baking dish in whatever order you like (we started with blue, white, then red). To press the layers in evenly, you can use a sheet of wax paper on top of the marshmallow covered cereal, and then press with your hands. That way your hands don’t get so messy and the rice krispies won’t stick to you.

COOL. Let all the layers cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

Red, white and blue rice krispie treat layers in a glass pan

Tips + SToring Info

To cook the marshmallows, I prefer the ease of microwaving the marshmallows, but if you would rather use the stove, by all means, you can! I would still recommend doing the three layers separately, that way you ensure each layer has the same amount of marshmallow coating.

I use an 8×8 or a 9×9 glass pan. You can use 9×13, but the treats will be thinner. You can also double the recipe and use a 9×13 pan for more thick rice krispie treats.

Once the layers are cooled, use cookie cutters once the layers are cooled to cut out different shapes. I think stars would be fun for the 4th of July!

Don’t cut the rice krispie treats warm. It is much easier to cut them once they have cooled completely. This will help you get the perfect squares or shapes you’re wanting without them pulling apart. 

Don’t use old marshmallows. Old marshmallows start to dry out and get hard on the outside and they do not melt well. Fresh marshmallows become soft and gooey when they melt, these will turn into a big blob but even if they do appear to be fine, once the treats have cooled, they will be really hard.

Use normal sized or mini marshmallows as long as you have the amount the recipe calls for in each separate bowl.

Replace the butter with an equal amount of coconut oil but it will add a little coconut flavor to your rice krispies.

 

To keep your treats from getting too hard:

  • Use only fresh marshmallows. 
  • Don’t pack them down too hard. You should not be able to hear the cereal crunching. This won’t just make them rock solid but it will also be difficult to get them out of the pan. 
  • Don’t cook the marshmallows for too long. If you see that the butter or marshmallows are starting to toast or turn brown then you have cooked them too long. 

If by chance your treats do get hard you can try sticking them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften them up. They’ll be a little more chewy than freshly made ones, but still delicious. I do have to add a word of warning: eat them before they harden up again or you may break a tooth!

 

Suggestions so they don’t stick: 

  • One of the best ways to not have them stick to your hands is to tear off a small piece of wax paper to put under your fingers while pressing them into the pan. If wax paper isn’t an option then you can either run your hands under cold water right before or rub a little bit of butter onto your fingertips. 
  • Greasing the pan with butter or non-stick spray first will help them from sticking. The same thing can be done to the mixing spoon and cutting knife. 

 

STORE in an airtight container, but only for about 2-3 days. Try and keep them in a container that will fit all of them just right, without much excess air. The more open space, the more likely they are to dry out. Store them at room temperature and not in the fridge. Sticking a piece of sandwich bread into the container will help keep the rice krispie treats soft.

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats stacked on a plate

I hope you love this easy Fourth of July dessert as much as my family does!

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4th of July Rice Krispies Treat Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Delicious, simple and quick 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats are always a hit, and are festive for any patriotic occasion.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 198 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal (divided)
  • 16 oz marshmallows (divided)
  • 3 tbsp margarine or butter (divided)
  • Food Coloring (red and blue/turquoise - I like Betty Crocker Gel Food Colors because the colors are brighter)

Instructions
 

  • Gather your supplies and divide the Rice Krispies and marshmallows in three for the three layers (2 cups Rice Krispies and about 2 cups marshmallows).
  • Add marshmallows to a microwave safe bowl along with the margarine (1 TB) for a few minutes or until they start to get big and almost touch the top of the microwave. Take them out, stir well and add the food coloring. (We started with the blue, then no food coloring and then the red).
  • Then add 2 cups of Rice Krispies and stir well. Press into well greased 9x9 pan (a 9x13 works but makes thinner treats).
  • Repeat with no food coloring and then the red food coloring layer. Let set and ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. OMG, K…you are killing me with all of this absolutely ADORABLE stuff!!! Pinning this, too!

  2. you are the cutest! i LOOOOVE These! I must make! you microwave your marshmallows?! I have never thought of that!

  3. What a great idea to add the food coloring! Rice crispy treats are totally a go-to treat in our house – well, we use gluten free rice crispies! I am totally pinning this to my 4th of July board, and I am your newest follower 🙂 Cant wait to see what other great ideas you have!

    1. Thank you for the sweet words, Veronica! Glad you like the treats, and I hope you can find more creations on here that you will love as well. 🙂

  4. Ok..it’s official..you are my hero!
    Not only do I LOVE rice krispie treats but I love any excuse to play w/ my food colors and icing dyes.
    AND
    the fact that I only make rice krispie treats once in awhile because of the mess in the melted pan. has now been rectified by the fact I can now make them using my microwave!!
    You are awesome…I’m putting these on my blog.!! thanks so much!!

    1. LOL!! Yay – so glad to be someone’s hero, haha!! It was so fun using the food colors for these and using the gel food colors made the colors so vibrant!! And what’s funny is I’ve been micorwaving my marshmallows for years – I thought everyone did it. Makes for a SUPER quick but yummy treat. 🙂

  5. I made these tonight…I used food coloring AND cherry & berry blue Jell-o to make the colors brighter and more tasty! Winner!

  6. Just made these, and they look adorable! I used a 9×9 pan, but I think it would have been better in an 8×8 pan. Thanks for the great idea!!

  7. These are amazing! I used cookie cutters to make them into stars, flags and other patriotic shapes. 🙂

  8. I made this for our church’s 4th of July cookout tonight. I tried the microwave method but it didn’t work for me; the marshmallows stuck to the sides and turned hard. Maybe I did something wrong. Fortunately I had bought an extra bag of marshmallows, so I just started over using the stovetop, the old-fashioned way. I did use a 9×13 pan but the 2nd and 3rd layers were hard to spread to cover the previous layer (not enough “batter” to cover that much area). Will definitely use a 9×9 or 8×8 pan next time. I think these will be a hit tonight!

    1. Hmmmm…. not sure what happened with your marshmallows. I always microwave and never had that problem. :/ Glad you had an extra bag. I think a 9×9 is the perfect size and may take off the 9×13 so people know it may not fit. Thanks for the suggestion. Hope you had a great Fourth. 🙂

  9. I’m a guy, so I’m not sure if I can comment on here. haha
    I’m making these for my wife, and I was wondering what size bag of marshmallows you are referring to? I got a 16oz. bag but it looks kinda big. Thanks

    1. Hi Caleb – so sorry I’m just now commenting back. We were on vacation last week. The 16 oz. bag is perfect. Seems like a lot but it’s the best amount. You may have to add a few more Rice Krispies. 🙂 And PS – Guys are definitely welcome here. 🙂

  10. I really want to make a bigger batch so it does fit into a 9×13….what if I double your recipe? Would that work?

  11. I have confused…do I microwave all the marshmellows at one time…so how much cereal do Iadd to each …

    1. Make three bowls (make sure they are big enough to stir the rice krispies in!) of 2 cups of marshmallow and one tablespoon of margarine/butter in each bowl. Heat as instructed (I did about a minute and a half) then take the bowl you heated and add the color. (red or blue) Stir then add 2 cups of the cereal and stir. The stirring is the hardest part!

  12. Great recipe! Your colors look much darker than the blog where you go the recipe form (Cookie Madness) – how did you do it?!

    1. I used the Gel Food Colors which I think are more bright, plus I used more food coloring as well but it helped give that bright color I was looking for. 🙂

  13. Well, I made these Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats and they looked good and appealing on the picture, and I followed all instructions, but mine didn’t turn out quite so appealing. Also, you left out a lot of information I would have liked to know without having to look it up. For the people like me, splitting the bag of marshmallows is about 2 cups each, and I honestly did not know how many drops of my food coloring to put in. Luckily, since they aren’t so delightful as they appear in your pictures, I only made these for my family at home. Thanks for the recipe though! Add more info next time!

  14. For the rice krispies I have a 10 oz bag of large marshmallows. Will that work? And I also love all these ideas! 🙂

  15. I wanted to let you know I am featuring your 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats in my Easy 4th of July Recipes post on 6/20/14! I thank you for sharing your recipe and am exited to include it alongside other great 4th of July recipe ideas!

  16. Did the red and blue color get all over the hands when eating? I’m just curious so I know ahead of time what to expect with the little kids! Thanks!

    1. It didn’t for us, but I think it depends on the food coloring you use. I like the Betty Crocker food coloring gel because I feel like it doesn’t stain hands or mouths. 😉

  17. I tried this recipe and the recipe isn’t enough for the pan and to mix on the colors is very difficult to do I used the same ingredients as you and you should describe the ingredients more specifically…. Are they mini marshmallows or regular, what type of butter salted or unsalted,and I think you should’ve mixed the color in with the marshmallows and butter not when the Rice Krispies are already in the mixture and the stove works best

    1. Sorry you had a hard time with this recipe. We’ve made it several times just as instructed and they always turn out perfectly. As for marshmallows, I’ve done mini and regular and they turn out the same. I also always use unsalted butter with my treats. 🙂

  18. Hi Kristyn! I’m sharing this fun treat on my blog today! Thanks for sharing and have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

  19. Microwaving the marshmallows ruined 2 of my bowls and 2 of my spoons, and I followed your directions. VERY disappointed.

  20. 5 stars
    I have tried the Fourth of July Rice Krispies Treats. Great!
    Just one thing, searching is a zoo to find recipes.